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Napoleon Marache vs Paul Morphy
"Two Knight's the Knight" (game of the day Oct-18-2009)
New York (1857), New York, NY USA
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense (C52)  ·  0-1

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Oct-11-17  Bubo bubo: Black exploits the fact that the white queen is unprotected by playing 19...Ng3!, and White cannot cope with the dual threat of Qxe4 and Ne2+.
Oct-11-17  leRevenant: Napoleon: "If somezing can go wrong, monsieur, it weeel."
Oct-11-17  savagerules: It's like Morphy was a time traveler from the future who chose 1850s New Orleans on a whim to show chess players of that time how chess should be played.
Oct-11-17  PJs Studio: I’ve seen this before. Let’s be honest, many 2300 players would easily overlook this move. A man way ahead of his time.
Oct-12-17
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  perfidious: <PJs Studio....Let’s be honest, many 2300 players would easily overlook this move....>

Perhaps, perhaps not sez this poster, who was a borderline 2300 player in his best days.

<....A man way ahead of his time.>

No less a figure than Botvinnik paid tribute to Morphy's mastery of open play.

Oct-12-17  WorstPlayerEver: I don't think a 2200 player nowadays will push 7. e5

Chess is a ruthless game, for instance: 8... cd6 looks less romantic than 8... Qd6, but it's much better.

Besides, Morphy played chess, not Pokémon. That's the difference.

Oct-12-17
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  kevin86: Black puts knights in choking position. White can take queen...and is mates by the king's horses.
Dec-23-17  RookFile: Genius at work.
Dec-23-17  ChessHigherCat: Apart from the knock-your-socks-off moves like Ng3!, 15...dxc3 was a fantastic move, paralyzing both the Queen's N and R with a measly little pawn.
Dec-25-17
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  FSR: Silent Knight, Wholly Knight.
Mar-19-18  JPi: <A popularly held theory about Paul Morphy is that if he returned to the chess world today and played our best contemporary players, he would come out the loser. Nothing is further from the truth. In a set match, Morphy would beat anybody alive today... Morphy was perhaps the most accurate chess player who ever lived. He had complete sight of the board and never blundered, in spite of the fact that he played quite rapidly, rarely taking more than five minutes to decide a move. Perhaps his only weakness was in closed games like the Dutch Defense. But even then, he was usually victorious because of his resourcefulness.> Adding to this Paul Morphy's great ability to learn quickly Bobby Fischer's quote must be pertinent
Mar-19-18  sudoplatov: EDO estimated ratings:

Paul Morphy 2805 (#1) based on 266 games.

Napoleon Marache 2269 (#84) based on 21 games.

Mar-19-18  JPi: Well difficult to give a rating evaluation of Morphy' force but putting in mind his incredible capacity to learn, I'm afraid that 2800 is a too tight limit (To my point of view Fischer of 68~75 will be on our time far from the rating he got at time for more and less the same reason. How much is said when Carlsen at 2850~ gave his feeling about Fischer'play during this period.)
May-04-18  That Roger: How different could this game have turned out if white didn't pin his queen on move 18 and 19?
Jun-10-18  Justin796: Morphy had weak competition! He reminds me of Fischer in the sense of being vastly overrated...
Jun-10-18  john barleycorn: beating the competition that is around convincingly does make the the winner look weak, does it? the winner is rated by beating the competition. no way to predict how well he had fared against stronger competition (as it was simply not available).

Our poor heroes from the past. What losers they would be today. Using a slingshot when we have nukes ... but then why woulld we discuss their games? To find out how not to play?

Dec-06-18
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  MSteen: Few players leave me just speechless the way Morphy does. It seems so simple, so obvious when you finally get to the end, but coming up with these sacrifices is the work of a genius. His games are like a finely plotted mystery novel. When the murderer is finally uncovered, you see that all the clues that led up to his discovery were obvious. But you never saw them while reading the book.
Jan-22-19  Dr Winston OBoogie: How amazingly brilliant is Ng3 here..


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What a player!

Nov-04-19  Blue Morphine: Wow! Magnificent.
Sep-15-20
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  thegoodanarchist: Napolean was Dynomited.
Sep-27-20  paulmorphy1969: this game is an unofficial played in 1957 at New York during the 1st American Chess Congress Not New Orleans
Jun-29-21
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  MissScarlett: In <The Chess Monthly>, February 1858, p.52, White resigns after <19...Ng3>. A special rule applies to Morphy games - they should appear in their most flattering light, curtailed or consummated, as necessary.
Feb-11-22
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  FSR: <Justin796: Morphy had weak competition! He reminds me of Fischer in the sense of being vastly overrated...>

This is one of the least perceptive - putting it politely - comments ever uttered. Morphy could only play the players who were alive at the time . . . Had stronger opponents been around, he would have had to up his game. There's no doubt whatsoever that he would have. Note also that the study aids of the time were limited to a few books like Staunton's <The Chess-Player's Handbook>. No Stockfish, no ChessBase, not even Chess Informant.

Feb-11-22
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  FSR: <paulmorphy1969: this game is an unofficial played in 1957 at New York during the 1st American Chess Congress Not New Orleans>

Morphy died in 1884.

Feb-11-22
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  MissScarlett: <Morphy died in 1884.>

Allegedly, as he'd done three times before. But this time it stuck.

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